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US journalist released from Syria 'overwhelmed with emotion'

A US journalist released earlier this week after almost two years of imprisonment in Syria said he was "overwhelmed with emotion" because of the attention he has received upon returning home.

Peter Theo Curtis, 45, was captured in 2012 by Nusra Front and was only released on Sunday.

He said: "I suddenly remember how good the American people are, and what kindness they have in their hearts."

Meanwhile, Douglas McAuthur McCain, 33, who is suspected of fighting with Islamic State militants operating in Iraq and Syria, has been killed in the Middle East, a US security official has said.

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US continues air strikes on 'Isil terrorists' in Iraq

The US military has conducted three air strikes near Mosul Dam today in support of Iraqi security forces against "Isil terrorists," the US Central Command announced.

The strikes destroyed two Isil armed vehicles and a machine gun emplacement that was firing on Iraqi forces.

All aircraft exited the strike area safely.

– US Central Command statement

The US has conducted a total of 93 air strikes across Iraq since August 8, they added.

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